When I want something, I usually make it happen. Not in a spoiled brat sort of way but in a resourceful kind of way.
In a lot of ways I’ve always felt behind the curve and struggling to do what seems natural to the people I look up to. I think we all really have those same struggles but some people make it look so easy!
I have a very good friend of mine that started her very own art company. She sells her photography and art faster than she can create it and it all seemed so effortless. She knows exactly what people want to see and what they want to hear, but she is definitely not like anyone else. She stands out and she was instantly successful. But because we are friends, I know that she has tried quite a few other ideas that weren’t so popular. She struggled and had to try another way time after time until she found something that just naturally flowed through her that captures the attention of her fans.
When I look at my own attempts to build a business, I see where I made my best effort to build like-minded professional relationships when it led me to a dead end. I took the advice of people that were good at advertising years ago but had no idea where people are searching now. My industry is flooded with people that try to make a quick buck using smooth sales tactics and completely failing to uphold the expectation of honesty and integrity. All of this in the past three years, which isn’t very long in business ownership years.
I can see where I made poor choices, for a lack of knowing better, and how I quickly changed my way of doing things. It wasn’t easy but it could have been harder. I admit, I have shed a tear over the way people have treated me and I’ve just been completely at a loss for words. My reputation has been earned from years of trust and reliability, but without even knowing my name I’ve been assumed to be “just like the others”. If there is one thing I am, I am NOT like “the others”. But thanks to other bozos in the industry, I have a stigma to overcome. And I do that every day. Each time I get hurt it just makes me stronger for the next time. Thankfully not numb.
The whole reason I wanted to create a company that was based on helping people was to help fund some of our efforts for food drives and job creation. I just can’t get all that out of my head! My other half and the kids are totally by me with this idea and I’m grateful for that. If nothing else, I have their eager faces standing by and waiting for the plan.
The frustrating part about trying to build an organization is the lack of follow through from previous fans that had promised to help. Like my company, I just needed to change the way I do things. I don’t dwell on the people that didn’t follow through but I am grateful for people that are standing by me and the organization. I know that we can help people in my community, my state and all over the country with more than just a few boxes of food. We can connect people with jobs (we already do!) and train people to work. I love the idea of creating jobs within the organization! As you can see, it completely eliminates the need for food donations.
If you rely on your job to pay your bills and buy your food you can definitely relate to the people we help. Not because you’ve gone without but because that could be you one day. Highly educated executives are without jobs now and competing along with the rest of the working class for jobs. And this could be you or I.
Nevermind the news rejoicing over the decrease in unemployment. A .02% decrease is not something to celebrate about if you are one that still cannot find a job, which you know if you’ve searched recently.
There will always be ignorance and there will be people that are not concerned with this problem and that is ok with me. But as for me and my family, we are going full speed ahead. And this is one of the things that I will work to make a reality.
To be honest, these cupcakes were much easier! If you know me, you know that I’m always up for a challenge. When a friend of mine kept “sharing” her craving for s’mores I didn’t really think much of it. Until she tried a s’mores cupcake that didn’t seem to celebrate what s’mores are all about.
This was one of those things that really stuck in my mind and I wanted to make a s’mores cupcake that was my idea of an accurate cupcake representation. With the help of an eager ten year old, we totally pulled it off.
She was very happy to fill the graham cracker cupcakes with chocolate fudge frosting. We really wanted to hollow out a good amount since usually the chocolate to graham cracker ratio is 1:1 for us.
I was willing to make marshmallows from scratch, but I wasn’t sure about piping it through a pastry bag so I was very happy to find a marshmallow frosting recipe online. It really did mimic the flavor and texture of our beloved mallows and browned nicely under the flame.
S’mores remind me of camping. Naturally. But I have different memories as I’ve gotten older (and hopefully wiser).
Now when we have s’mores we are camping or enjoying a bonfire with our friends. Some of the adults are a little tipsy and end up going inside after a mallow or two while the rest gaze upon the graham crackers and chocolate bars in wide eyed wonder. I think we do the math to see how many more there are to go around.
I love the crunch of the graham cracker, the tender chocolate that is warm from the soft and well-done marshmallow.
These cupcakes did come close, but I was missing the crunch of the graham cracker. I am a sucker for contrasting textures and I love a good crunch!
The chocolate filling and the marshmallow frosting were right on the money and I would totally make this again. I’d love some suggestions for harnessing some crunch for the graham cracker cupcake without adding any cracker crumbs to the top.
If you are curious about the mallow frosting recipe you can find it here. Don’t worry, a new window will pop up so you can still stare at my cupcakes!
As you may know, I am going on a HUNGER STRIKE from Sept. 9-13, 2013. I could really use your encouragement now as we get closer to the strike. I did this once before and it was extremely difficult to stay on track for a few different reasons. I could use your support. You can see our web page by clicking here or you can join our events page by clicking below. Remember, you are not going on strike but I need your support!!!
I really hope you know how much I appreciate you standing by me and helping me raise awareness for hunger in our own cities. Thank you so much.